Released back in May, Voyager presents the story of the band’s trials and sojourns throughout their career. The album can be seen as a big step forward for the quintet. Catchy and clean, the album contains moments of beauty and moments that hit like a brick. You can connect with Wings Denied via Facebook or Twitter or you can just hit up their YouTube of Bandcamp page. Follow the jump to check out a profile with the band.
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
Rob-In high school my friends and I just got together with the same vision and started jamming. I was screaming in a metal-core band and I felt I wasn’t half bad at it. It was so much fun and gave me a place to fit in as a teen. Things progressed for me from there. No I believe I am not finished achieving as a musician. I am young just started to get this music stuff. Wings has a lot of potential still to work out. I don’t know if I will ever be able to say that I am at the level of success I hoped for, considering I hope for the stars.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised? If you don’t have a story please tell us any embarrassing story.
Rob-I’ve been playing de bass for 10 years now.
Alec – The most we’ve debased ourselves to get on a show was on a show in Reno, Nevada. We drove six-ish hours from Salt Lake City, Utah to Reno, only to get there and find out that the venue that we were supposed to have played in never knew we were coming. So, we decided we would drive around and go venue to venue asking if we could play.
We finally arrived a venue called Jub-Jub’s in Reno that, after some begging, allowed us to play after a 3 hour cover set for some random guys 50th birthday. However, in order to play we all had to prove we were over 21. We proceeded to give the bouncers our IDs and they scanned them all. However, when they got to my ID they paused and conversed amongst each other. I had an old NY State ID, which if you don’t know what that looks like, it is incredibly bendable and looks very fake. They gave me back my ID and told me they thought it was fake and wouldn’t let us play. After a lot of arguing with the bouncers, one of them said to me, “Ok, here’s a way you can prove you aren’t a cop. If you are a cop, you’re not allowed to show me pornography. What I want you to do is pull up porn on your phone and show it to me to prove you’re not an undercover cop, and you can come in.” Of course I did it, and they allowed us to play, but I’ll never forget the time I was forced to show a bouncer some porn to play a show.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
Rob -One of the cooler things in metal is the ability of metal singers these days; being able to scream their guts out and have such a high caliber singing voice as well. I remember back in the metal-core days there were many screamers that just couldn’t hack the singing parts (Many bands I still love and hold dear in my nostalgia file). A lot to do with these great metal vocalists is the production side of it. Producers are better and technology keeps advancing with what you can do in the studio. Everything is clearer when it needs to be or messy as hell on purpose. A small basement studio can create much more and be closer on par with the big studios. On the bad side, transportation issues that come with international travel have hurt a lot of tours. The ocean could not tour this past year in the US. Many US bands have issues and cannot enter Canada to play. North American Music is suffering. European music is suffering. And I’m sure some great Middle Eastern music is suffering. Global Music is suffering when we cannot share it.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
Rob-I would be embarrassed if humanity’s future was like that of WALL-E. That movie has a horrific view on what humans become. It’s a cautionary tale beneath the surface for sure. Penguins! As wings Denied we feel it’s only right for us to help the world’s penguins as much as we can. If every band helped an endangered species however they could, a lot of them would not be endangered anymore.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
Rob-I really liked the visuals of metal bands first. Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Manson. They were scary and romantic in the Mary Shelley Frankenstein romantic sense. Korn’s “issues” was the first I bought with my own money. Mom was ok with my choices in music as long as they weren’t spreading hate. She was pretty open minded and knew that much of metal was good spirited no matter how the lyrics sounded. I was lucky for that. I don’t think she liked me screaming in bands though. In high school My friends Justin and Taidg showed me some really cool bands on another level Lamb of God, Every Time I die, Poison the well, Hatebreed. I started going to shows and it was all over, plagued for life.
What’s the stickiest you have ever been?
Rob-Alec is the drummer, so he is the sticky one.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Rob-Critics are great, even when being critical and I think the more artists they critique, the more artists get out there into the world. The critic is not just a qualifying expert but a tastemaker who exposes artists to his followers or vice versa. Don’t be too easy on us artists, and follow your gut (your taste is your taste for whatever reason and don’t ever let anything, even reason or $, sway you).
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
Rob-So when searching my name Rob Moore, I’m not even the first one to pop up. There is an NFL wide receiver, an executive at paramount and a famous model all named Rob Moore. As a running gag, I wish to be the most famous Rob Moore at least. But on a serious note, since I can most likely never be known as the most technical bassist, especially with the likes of Evan brewer, the bass player from Scale the Summit (Mark Mitchell I think is his name) and the plethora incredibly talented bassists out there, I aim to be remembered for creativity instead. Oh yeah- and to buy a cul-de-sac full of houses for all my friends to live in the same neighborhood and party.
Finally, when you’re not listening to, writing or playing metal, what are some of you favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
Rob– Im going only my nonmetal here-Primus and the Chocolate Factory, Incubus “Science” is still so killer! No Doubt “Tragic Kingdom” has some incredible bass, Brand New “Deja Entendu” has some of my favorite lyrical content, Coheed’s two “Afterman” albums have a maturity that will last for me. The Juliana Theory “Emotion is Dead,” Takaakira Goto “Classical Punk and Echoes Under the Beauty”, anything by Paganini or Chopin (I drive to classical music. It really helps during traffic)
Thanks to the boys of Wings Denied for their time and humor. Be sure to check out their upcoming album Voyager here!